What you need to know about Traffic Modelling
The breadth of the construction and engineering field is immense. There are so many interrelated career options that one could take. This week we have looked into the world of being a Traffic Modelling and what that entails. As a traffic modeller using mathematical models and theories to predict, plan and measure the impact of new and existing network enhancements. The aim of your job is to create the framework for an optimal flow of safe traffic. Working closely with architects and transportation bodies to animate simulations of these different models in different states of nature whereby the changes in traffic patterns and volumes will be monitored.
For the most part, by utilising information gathered from surveys and general data collection, the framing and planning of a transportation grid can be effectively designed, whether it is on a local or larger, more intricate scale. The actual layout and formation of these models can become incredibly innovative, depending on the circumstances. However, this usually boils down to the overhanging subject of why the project is being undertaken, and the outcome that is trying to be achieved. For example, if a traffic model is assessing a metropolitan area with a large number of pedestrians, then the primary goal of the project could be to implement more stop signs and safety features to reduce the likelihood of an accident. Alternatively, if a sparsely populated region with a number of large motorways and intersections is being analysed, then the intention may be to improve traffic flow in built up sections by better regulating average speeds.
Culminating and then proficiently interpreting the correct and relevant data is essential within the planning and design phases, as potentially millions could be at stake, dependant on the effectiveness of the execution of these planning phases, so the more methodical, thorough and comprehensive your planning process is, the better.
When it comes to the transitioning of software modelling to the real word application, environmental impact plays a key factor. Bear in mind that these projects are all meant to be used long term, which means they must be capable of accommodating any technological changes that could occur. With the increase of cars this means naturally there will be a need to have plans in place to handle the increase of traffic and road congestion. However, with the constant development of technology the need for alternative ways to manage traffic will come into play. Relatively new innovations such as drive-less cars, Vehicle 2 Vehicle technology, Vehicle to infrastructure technology, adaptive traffic signals plus many more will all contribute to the development of the industry.
We at Cavendish Professionals have clients that are recruiting for experienced Traffic Modellers, so if you are looking for a new opportunity or looking to enter the field, contact our team to discuss opportunities for you.